Great Long Island Tomato Challenge winners through the years

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The 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge begins now. Give your plants plenty of tender loving care all summer long, then bring your biggest, heaviest fruit to the event, where it will be weighed and recorded by Newsday garden columnist Jessica Damiano.

There is no need to register; just come to Newsday headquarters (235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville) with your entry on Friday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m.

As you await the big day, send a photo of yourself with your tomato plants, along with details about your growing techniques and the varieties you’re growing, to jessica.damiano@newsday.com, and you might be featured in an upcoming issue of Newsday and on Newsday.com. Then come back and follow the competition every Sunday all summer long.

2016: Peter Notarnicola

Peter Notarricola, Massapequa, wins the biggest tomato with
(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

Peter Notarnicola, of Massapequa, poses with his winning 3 pound, 6.5 ounce tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

2015: Vera DiCocco

Vera DiCocco's tomato was the largest of the
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Vera DiCocco's tomato was the largest of the night, weighing in at 3 pounds, 9.5 ounces, at Newsday's 2015 Great Long Island Tomato Challenge on Aug. 27, 2015. DiCocco shows off a tomato hat given to her by another community member.

2014: Gary Schaffer

Gary Schaffer, 69, of Lindenhurst, holds up his
(Credit: Daniel Brennan)

Gary Schaffer of Lindenhurst holds up his record-breaking giant tomato after weighing it during the 2014 Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at the Newsday auditorium in Melville on Aug. 22, 2014. The winner weighed 5 pounds, 4 ounces.

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2013: Dr. William Bouziotis

Dr. William Bouziotis holds up his 3lb 5oz
(Credit: Ed Betz)

Dr. William Bouziotis holds up his 3-pound, 5-ounce winning tomato in the size category at the Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Aug. 23, 2013.

2012: Gary Schaffer

Gary Schaffer of Lindenhurst, a lifetime gardener, displays
(Credit: Nicole Horton)

Lindenhurst's Gary Schaffer, a lifelong gardener, displays his prize as winner of the 2012 Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge on Aug. 24, 2012. The winning tomato weighed 3 pounds, 6 ounces.

2011: Peter and Angel Notarnicola

At the Great Tomato Weigh-in Contest held at
(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

At the Great Long Island Tomato Challenge held at Newsday in Melville on Aug. 26, 2011, contestants vie for the heaviest, smallest and ugliest tomato. Here, the grand winners of the heaviest tomato were siblings 16-year-old Peter and 18-year-old Angel Notarnicola of Massapequa. Their tomato weighed in at 3 pounds, 11.5 ounces.

2010: Billy King

Billy King of Mastic Beach poses for the
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Billy King of Mastic Beach poses for the camera with his winning tomato at the 2010 Great Long Island Tomato Challenge held in the Newsday auditorium in Melville on Aug. 27, 2010. The winner weighed 2 pounds, 9 ounces.

2009: Harold Politano

08/28/09--MELVILLE, NY--Harold Politano of Deer Park weighs-in the
(Credit: Newsday /Ana P. Gutierrez)

Harold Politano of Deer Park weighs-in the winning tomato of 4 pounds, 9 ounces during the 3rd annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday in Melville on Friday, Aug. 28, 2009.

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2008: John Salvador

John Salvador of Port Jefferson - his wife
(Credit: Newsday/Ken Sawchuk)

Port Jefferson's John Salvador, with his wife, Maria Ellen, displays his winning entry at the 2008 Great Long Island Tomato Challenge held at Newsday in Melville on Friday, Aug. 22, 2008. His tomato weighed in at 3 pounds, 1 ounce.

2007: Vincenzo Domingo

August28, 2007 Vincent Domingo pose with a tomato
(Credit: Newsday/Daniel Goodrich)

Vincenzo Domingo poses with 2007's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge's winning tomato, weighing 3 pounds, 14 ounces, at his Deer Park home on Aug. 28.

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